Quinton Jackson arrested in California

Kevin Iole
Yahoo! Sports

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson was arrested following a traffic accident Tuesday in Newport Beach, Calif., TMZ.com reported. TMZ has photos of Jackson on its website lying face down on the street behind his pickup as a police officer has his gun drawn and is pointing it at him.

The public information officer for the Newport Beach Police did not immediately return calls. UFC president Dana White declined comment. Jackson's manager/trainer, Juanito Ibarra, also did not phone calls.

According to TMZ, Jackson, 29, was involved in an accident and attempted to leave the scene. The website, which covers celebrity encounters with the police, reported that Jackson was charged with felony hit and run and felony evading arrest.

That could not be independently confirmed.

However, photos on the site show Jackson lying face down on the ground immediately behind his truck, a 2008 Ford F-350 Turbo Diesel which has his UFC promotional photo on the side.

Jackson won the UFC light heavyweight title by knocking out Chuck Liddell at UFC 71 on May 26, 2007. After a successful defense against Dan Henderson on Sept. 5, Jackson lost the belt to Forrest Griffin on a controversial decision at UFC 86 on July 5 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

White flew to Orange County upon learning of the arrest and said he was driving to the county jail to post bail for Jackson.

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